The Supreme Test
“Faithful in that which is least” (Luke 16:10, KJV).
revealed, and certainly impoverished or enriched, in what seem to be the little occasions of life than in those that seem to be great.
but in the long and drawn-out process of sometimes wearisome and smaller events.
The surgical operation, coming and going in an hour,...
Good for you, Anabelle. You came through like a trooper!
...is not as trying as pinpricks continued throughout a year.
Oh dear! These awful headaches...
The real test comes not in some single crashing event,
Growing Stronger, No. 4:
Many people put on strength and majesty like a robe when they go forth to meet calamity,
but lose themselves in such trifles as the loss of a shilling or a dollar!
Some people can triumphantly encounter what other folks call a crisis,
Gulliver could face a giant with calmness,
but the dwarfs of Lilliput put him in bonds.
but mice play havoc with them.
I’ll handle this!
How does he do it?
My goodness! He gave me the wrong change!
This test indicates rare wealth of character.
when the crowd was away,
and no reporter was linking him with the wider world.
That was the testimony given by a student concerning one of the greatest and most powerful men of our time.
What a marvellous speech!
He is greatest in his own classroom!
He revealed himself at his mightiest, not when he faced vast assemblies and received tumultuous applause,
Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, oh, Lord...
but when he was out of sight,
Is it sealed on the secret thought as well as on the public deed?
Is the King’s superscription on our penny as well as on our pound?
Is there about us the fragrance of the Kingdom when we are out of sight?
Are there flavors of the King’s gardens in our passing courtesies?
Is strength of character evident even in commonplace tasks?
Is it stamped on our unrehearsed conversation as clearly as on our prepared speech?
Have ye noticed how cheery the atmosphere is when Annabelle is here?
Aye. Ye can always tell when she’s been around!
Why, thank you, Annabelle!
Most certainly, Lady Eleanor.
Er ... Annabelle. May I Give a little advice about your speech?
Jesus, keep me from pride.
The folk who are faithful in that which is least wear very radiant crowns.
They quietly continue on the dutiful road even when hornets are buzzing around.
They finish the obscurest bit of work as though it were to be displayed before heaven by Him who is Lord of Light and Glory.
They win their triumphs amid small irritations.
They are scrupulous in the ruts of drudgery.
They are great in little tasks.
They are as loyal when they are wearing aprons in the kitchen as if they wore purple and fine linen in the visible presence of the King.
Annabelle has baked a delicious pie!
Aye. And she picked the blackberries!
Don’t bother, Annabelle. No one will notice.
Our Lord Jesus lived for thirty years amid the little happenings of Nazareth.
Little villages spell out their stories in small events.
And He, the young Prince of Glory, was in the carpenter’s shop.
He wore His crown daily.
He moved amid humdrum tasks, petty cares, village gossip, and trifling trade, and He was faithful in that which is least.
It’s exquisite, Naomi!
that right, Joseph?
Yes. You can always count on young Jesus to do his best, and it shows!
Aye, he’s a faithful boy.